• Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat., 9:30am-4:30pm. Sun., 12-4:30. Closed Mondays. Last admission at 4pm.

    Admission: Children (from 12 months) & adults = $8 per person

About Us

Engage, Encourage, and Challenge!

The Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is an interactive, hands-on, educational place for children to try on new roles, let their imaginations soar and feel safe while exploring the world around them.

With 5,000 square feet – all on one floor – and outdoor playspace, nearly all is wheelchair accessible. We engage, encourage, and challenge children from 9 months to 9 years in the arts, sciences, and world cultures.

Explore the Discovery Room featuring Kelsey’s Vision and science-based activities. Visit the Imaginative Play side where you can pilot a fishing boat, take on the role of architect with our giant foam blocks, or visit the global village and celebrate a variety of cultures. Don’t miss Toddler Land which welcomes our youngest visitors. Our outdoor area delights youngsters with a real tree house, whale drum, climbing wall, kid-sized zipline, and performing stage!

See our Exhibits page! Exhibits include Imagination Sparkers for adults looking for a bit more information to spark the children’s imagination. Many include classic children’s books to read to their child.

Older children will enjoy the “Museum Challenges” – like a scavenger hunt to explore within the museum. Adults and children can both explore a more indepth study with kits available for the Creation Station! Come ready to play…and learn along the way!

View newsletter here: Winter 2016-17

Previous newsletter: Fall 2016

Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut is to encourage learning and spark imagination by engaging children and all families through creative and hands-on play in a safe and accessible community environment.

(Revised 8/08)

Our History

A group of volunteers from the East Lyme area created the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in 1992. The Museum was formed to provide interactive, creative learning experiences for young children and their families who either visit or live in one of the area’s towns and communities. Now in our 24th year, CMSECT’s mission remains true, while exhibits and programming have gone through several recent renovations and re-designs to address the changing needs of today’s families and children.

Become a Member!

Buy a membership for your family, or give as a GIFT that keeps giving all year long. With special discounts at the Museum Shop, free guest passes, discounts on parties, and more, you’ll have a full year of fun and excitement!

Holly's Message

Read a special message from our Executive Director, Holly Cheeseman.

News & Updates

Get regular news and updates by visiting our blog and see what the Children’s Museum has in store!

Rave Reviews

My 1 year olds LOVE this place! There’s plenty of room for them to wander, but it’s not so large that one adult can’t watch two children. The staff are very friendly and helpful. They are adding new exhibits currently. There is a baby room, just for kids under 3. Plenty of things to keep older kids happy, too. Come down to Niantic for the day! While you’re here, check out our beaches and lovely Main Street area. You won’t be disappointed.

— Stephanie G.

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